Husband: "Well, just don't get upset when I buy a boat someday and forget to tell you about it."
Me: "Ha ha." (He knows I think boats are a huge waste of money, not to mention a pain to keep clean if you own one, and that I never want one.)
Husband: "I'm serious. I can't believe you bought a trampoline, when you knew I never wanted one."
Me: "Remember the other night though, when I asked you about buying one with a safety enclosure, and you DIDN'T say no?"
Husband: "But, don't all of the other 100 times that I said 'no' matter at all?"
Me: "Well, no."
Husband: "Well, that's okay, I'll just use this to buy my boat."
Me: "Okay, you can buy your boat - for $100."
Husband: "Well, no, we're going on principle here."
Me: "No, let's make it fair. I deserve it. You can buy your boat someday - for $100 or for 1/500 of your income, whichever you'd like. And, I'll be okay with that."
I won't go into his response. BUT, we still have the trampoline. (Effective communication is sometimes lacking or non-existent when one is married to a medical resident.)
I love lying on it and looking at the sky and the tall trees looming over our house. I love reading books on it with my kids. I love watching them do "tricks". I love just sitting on it with my kids and talking. I always wanted one when I was little; now, I finally got one - and only for the price of a boat (a very small boat, that is).